Runway reconstruction complete at Lipetsk airport

Three airlines will be flying to Lipetsk this winter The extended and strengthened runway is now approved for A320 and Boeing 737 operations (Federal Air Transport Agency)

Russia’s Lipetsk airport has officially relaunched operation of its only runway following renovation. The runway had been extended and strengthened, the Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA) reports. The airport also received a new apron with parking stands for up to three aircraft and an upgraded taxiway.

The runway was extended by 150 m to2,350 m. Its bearing strength was increased 2.5 times, enabling unrestricted Airbus А320 and Boeing 737-600 operations.

Russia’s third largest carrier S7 Airlines is scheduled to start flying to Lipetsk in late October using Embraer E170s.

Two more carriers, RusLine with Bombardier CRJ200s and Saratov Airlines with Antonov An-148s, will also be operating flights to the airport this winter season.

Further extension of the runway by an additional 450 m is planned for next year, as is the construction of a new control tower.

Reconstruction of Lipetsk’s airside infrastructure is part of a government program to develop the country’s transport system in 2010-2020. The works have been commissioned by FATA, and are supervised by the federal state enterprise Civil Airports Administration.

Lipetsk welcomed 25,900 passengers in the first half of 2017, up 4.4% on the same period last year. The airport’s total 2016 traffic stood at 57,000 passengers, up 14% year-on-year.

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